If he is our manager then I'll support him because our club needs it, but, I'm really not hopeful. I think he's the complete wrong type of manager for our squad because:
1) if we try and become too defensive/counter attack it won't work because we lack the athleticism and discipline in the squad. The players have struggled to do this for the last 18 months and yet beforehand were able to play more controlling football, we need to return to that to have a chance of staying up.
2) we don't have many fighters or British spirited players, which is what MON is used to.
Great post and I'm really pleased Dr Hesham is part of the forum.
For me Ramadan could be a great player for us, his work ethic and technical ability is great, his pace not so, but he doesn't need it, just needs confidence to get in the box straight away and then let his majestic feet do the rest. I know generally he's played left but I'd prefer him on the right.
We are unlikely as a club to get many more European fans so should focus on Africa and North America/Canada. Commercially we are an embarrassment and the club should be looking to get a great relationship with Egypt and as you say Hesham through "original" shirts and winter friendlies.
Whilst he had a significant helping hand there were others who I blame more; Wimmer for not getting closer to the ball, Cameron for bring outpaced, but mainly Zouma for being in no mans land.
😂😂😂 you blame Wimmer and Cameron more so than Adam for the goal? How bizarre. Had it been Wimmer who made the same pass that Adam did he would be crucified on here. The pass was a needless showboat attempt in his own half. Adam isn’t the type of player to get low on confidence, it’s players like Saido and Wimmer the fans need to get behind. Wimmer was alright today, showed heart and looked like he gave 100%.
Wimmer has been getting better for us, he even looked better in the centre than Cameron and Zouma, but that's not saying too much. Adams pass didn't come off but it was practically on the half way line with enough players behind the ball so can't blame him as much as the others.
As a partnership Fletcher and Allen really doesn't work. Allen runs around headless being pulled out of position whilst Fletcher stays in the right places he just isn't fit or fast enough to get to his man. Hughes made the right decision to put Cameron in the middle with them and for me he is our best centre midfielder. If Affelay is fit it would be good to have him and Cameron in with Allen and Fletcher out.
I know Hughes is getting a lot of stick right now and some of it is warranted but he should be getting a decent amount of praise for Edwards progress. At the age of 18 he is looking like he has the makings of a decent premier league right back. That could save us a fortune in transfer and agents fees.
Really pleased for Edwards and hope he keeps on improving, making the right back spot his own. The great thing too, is its unlikely we will sign anyone who could block his progress.
I'm pleased there is retrospective punishment but believe missing games isn't the answer, it should be the points go to the other team. We don't want or need cheats in the sport, only way you can do that is if there is no benefit, missing 2 games is hardly a deterrent.
There is no chance we would sell in January. There is absolutely no need to and I suspect Butland wouldn’t want the disruption before the World Cup. Afterwards is a different matter of course.
We need to keep hold of Butland and Shaqiri until the end of the season or we will be relegated. After the summer championships we will be in a good place to get decent money for them and we should sell at that point so we can keep attracting players to use us as a strong stone. I'm thinking c60-80 for the two, which would help with necessary squad rebuilding.
I'm pleased he was played because it will help him to learn much faster and I think he has a chance of making it at our level despite the mistakes he's made. Yesterday he was at fault for a lot of the goals but we would have lost anyway with someone else in.
Whatever, I suppose you saw all his junking and speedy appearances for Psv Barca etc
It's not whatever, that's what he was.
He is slower than he was, but this is a common misunderstanding. He's never been blessed with pace, just agility, dribbling, technique and balance, which he still demonstrates in the centre of the pitch.
Was a good player and may be a good player again, but then we have BerAhino and Jese already who are the same. We've then got Ngoy and Campbell who can sit on the bench and not be used just how the others aren't, really we need to lose Jese our Berahino before taking another striker on.
There is not an earthly of Fletcher being dropped. He was BBC Man Of The Match at Brighton. Just forget it, its not happening.
Man of the match - Darren Fletcher (Stoke City)
Providing the base for which Shaqiri could build his brilliance, Fletcher made more passes (52) than anyone else on his side, four of which were key passes, and also had more touches (71) than any other Potters player.
He was at least twice as good as Allen, the sooner we can get a fit Cameron or Affelay along side Fletcher the better.
Today was very frustrating as they only had 2 shots on target with both goals being avoidable. Wimmers definitely looking better by the week. The problem is our wingbacks and CMs being to slow to Close down and not offering enough going forward with the exception of Allen who I thought was excellent today.
I was nodding my head thinking this guy has sense, until "Allen who I thought was excellent today". I'm simply hoping you are setting out the bait!
I was surprised initially but can see reasons he made this choice, including; Shaqiri was at fault for our second goal and I think Hughes wanted us to have a taller team to handle set pieces from. We got a point which is reasonable given how dreadful we are meant to be.
This fella from the Slovenian top division is the master
What I want to know, is, who ever the first person was who tried this, what made them think it would work? Did they break their wrists planting their hands on the ball? It just looks all kind of wrong.
Rorys is just all kinds of right, still makes me happy seeing those goals now, especially olifjs three unintended touches from about a yard out.
Normally I would want us to press more, but the last team in the division you commit against is Leicester. I'd say that their second goal was because we committed too many men forward which was probably a lapse of concentration.
Still in our next few games I'd like us to have a higher tempo and more pressing, which against Brighton and Palace I think is the better thing to do.